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Can You Make Money Cutting Synthetic Gemstones?

Selling lab-created cut gems can be quite difficult. Learn what makes this market hard to crack and the best ways to make money cutting synthetic gemstones.

Jeweler’s Workbench Buying Guide

Every jewelry maker needs a place to work. Before investing in a jeweler’s workbench, learn about the features, models, and accessories you should look for.

Niccolite (Nickeline) Value, Price, and Jewelry Information

Niccolite’s delicate peachy red color and metallic luster looks beautiful when polished. Gem cutters typically carve this gem material into cabochons for jewelry use.

How to Start a Gem Collection

Although many gem enthusiasts want to become collectors, they may not know where to begin. Read this article for tips on how to start a gem collection.

Tips and Tools for Handling Gems Securely

These tips and tools for handling gems securely will help novice gemologists and gem cutters reduce the risk of dropping and losing valuable stones.

Cutting Natural Rough Stones: The Breaks

If you’re cutting natural rough gems, learn to expect fractures. Stress from an unknown flaw can break out during roughing, faceting, or even polishing.

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